‘House Of Cards’ Season 4 Episode 8 | TV Review
This second half of the season continues to improve as the election race intensifies leading to the type of political manoeuvring seen in previous season, but with hidden twists. The Underwoods scheme and plot with the VP candidacy and gun-control bill, as they aim for the presumed chaos of a convention in a bid to manipulate a seemingly authentic groundswell of approval for Claire (Robin Wright).
Claire is once again at her very best, efficiently feigning vulnerability in the public arena when discussing the gun control. The Conways continue to represent a political product of the social media age that aim to rival the Underwoods with a relationship as strong and potentially as good at scheming.
This episode also sees the return of novelist Tom Yates (Paul Sparks) who is approached by the Conways, but his undefinable intrigue of the Underwoods will never let him betray them, but will help lead himself back into their inner circle. Without Meechum to swoon over expect plenty of intense mumbling and sexual tension.
However the highlight is the first showdown between Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman). A scene that carries a tense simmering layer of distrust throughout and produces a curve ball as Durant (Jayne Atkinson) also starts to play a political game. The slower chess pieces of Tom Hammerschmidt’s (Boris McGiver) investigation continue to slip into place providing little reminders of characters lost from the earlier seasons.
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